Monday, August 31, 2009

Disney Buys Marvel

When I get online, generally late morning/early afternoon, I tend to go to and to get the latest news in the comics world.
Imagine my surprise when I go to today and see: BREAKING: DISNEY TO ACQUIRE MARVEL.
After I started to breathe again I clicked the link and read what I never thought I'd see: The House of Mouse now owns the House of Ideas.
Now come the questions. What does this mean for comics fans? Will Disney decide certain Marvel books like Marvel Zombies and the entire MAX line, are not something they wish to continue with? Will we see a Disney view of the Marvel Universe? How does this effect the animation and live action Marvel productions? Will we have Marvel/Pixar movies now? Will Xavier's High school Musical for Gifted Children be a mini-series or ongoing?

Marvel and Disney both claim that nothing will change in the Marvel Universe. But how much of that is truth and how much is damage/spin control to keep the fans of Marvel under control?

To be sure, the next few days and weeks are going to be VERY interesting and I'll be covering as much of it here as I can along with my regular stuff.

Coming Up on 20

It's getting close to being 20 years since I started collecting Comic Books with GHOST RIDER, Vol. 2 No. 1 waaaaayyy back in 1990!
I'm planning a year long thing here and on my facebook page where I'm going to spotlight some of my very favorite comics in my collection, along with continuing to post and review the new books.

I'm trying not to jump the gun and start now, but it isn't easy. Here's hoping it all works out. It'll be fun for me anyway!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

New Additions

I've added a few new links to this blog. you'll see them under 'Related Links' on the right side of this blog:

Nostalgia, Ink. on Facebook: This is the comic book store I shop at in my hometown. After I set up a Facebook page for my work I figured it would be fun to set one up for Nostalgia. It's free advertising for Leonard, the Owner, and it's fun for me because I'm all about promoting that place.

My Comic Book Collection: It's the new home for my online index. I've had to make some changes and consolidate a few things but it's coming along nicely. I figure this will be getting more attention next year as I'm planning a lot of things for my collection all through new year.

My DVD Collection: I was bored one day and decided it would be a good idea to do for my DVDs what I did for my comics. Plus, it's a quick and easy way for people to see what I have if they ever want me to bring movies over to watch.

That's all. While I'm having fun with my rants and raves on politics and PETA on my other blog, I have to admit, Comic Books are my first passion...well, that and being on the radio. But since the radio thing is less likely to happen, I figure I'll focus more on my passion for comics. Which is why this blog is getting more attention. That and next year marks 20 years since I started collecting.
To mark this special occasion, I'm going to focus more on reviews and fair minded opinions on comics. I also want to try to go through some of the history of the industry, mostly the moments that interest me the most. So, who knows? This little blog may accidentally become something.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Comics

WOW! This week turned out to be a Mighty Marvel Week to be sure!

DEADPOOL #14: Wade has finally realized something: Being a pirate isn't fun. Just Johnny Depp made it look fun but it's a lot of work. Also, I think while this concept might have seemed like a good idea, it really wasn't. Issues 13 and 14 were probably the most boring issues of this run so far. The story was pretty flat and I found myself thinking about other things and at some points even falling asleep! But, it's over and we can all look forward to issue #15!

FANTASTIC FOUR #570: NEW TEAM! Finally! This one is a marked improvement over the previous year and a half. Hell, even the covers look better with a more traditional FF logo instead of some stupid wanna-be magazine look. The events of the previous issues were pretty much ignored except for the whole Ben ditching his bride to be thing which was gleamed over pretty fast, a good thing, and now it sets the stage for a Reed Richards saga. He's realized the mistakes that he's made, after going over them in DARK REIGN: FANTASTIC FOUR, and he plans to fix everything. Possibly with the help of the different Reed Richards' from different realities, some of which, at least three, have Infinity Gauntlets! But didn't the Illuminate have the gems?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #17: WAR OF KINGS tie-in: The end of the War of kings left a HUGE rip in the fabric of time and space. The Guardians were warned something like this would happen but no one would listen to them. So, being the kind of guy he is, Adam Warlock stood up and stopped the fissure, known as The Fault, from growing. But the cost was heavy: He had to connect current time to a future that was abandoned years ago. Thing is, it was the reality that Adam prevented from being when he prevented the Magus from being created years ago. Now, Warlock is the Magus once more and we've seemingly lost 2 members of the Guardians!

NEW AVENGERS #56: Mayhem! The (New) Avengers have lost their powers and a new player seems to be making a power play in an attempt to be in Osborns good graces. This series has a great artist in Stuart Immonen (NEXTWAVE) and is going in a great new direction! Still loads of fun to read!

NOVA #28: WAR OF KINGS tie-in: Richard has had a lot to go through recently with Worldmind being taken over by Ego, The Living Planet and the War of Kings but he's done pretty well. This issue focuses on his love for his brother and his finally coming to terms that his brother belongs in the corps. Great story and great art.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Comics For August 19

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #603: Chameleon continues to use Peter's identity to collect information for his employers: terrorists bent on destroying New York City, or so he assumes...
With Peter's face on, Chameleon manages to get REALLY close to his new roommate, stop a stalker from annoying MJ and, towards the end of this issue, settle thing with Harry with a bang! What's going to happen when Peter finally returns and see the damage/help that has been done to his life?
Amazing Spider-Man Has been a great series since the infamous One More Day/Brand New Day reset of Spidey's past. This story features the return of Peter's ex-girlfriend, Mary Jane and has some really nice covers!

JACK OF FABLES #37: Jack Frost, son of Jack Horner, decides his path: He's going to be a hero. His first stop is giving up the powers he inherited from his mother, the Snow Queen, then he has his first fight with thugs. It seems to me there is a little bit of Horner in this guy. Meanwhile...Jack seems to have ticked off his secondary artist. He's being drawn as an unattractive fat, balding guy and now seems to have fogotten who he is in terms of knowing he's a character in a story. His sidekick, Gary seems to have forgotten that he can talk to inanimate objects and bring them to life. I wonder if this is part of the fallout from The Great Fables Crossover? This issue starts a pretty bold new direction for this series in that we have 2 main characters named Jack and the characters are being reset or something.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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Friday, August 14, 2009

New Comics for August 12, 2009

This is 2 weeks worth of comics.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #'s 601 & 602: The fall out of #600 continues! Mary Jane is back in town and there are some interesting things going on. It seems like MJ knows Peter is Spider-Man still. I guess this means he told her before they broke up. It's nice to have MJ as an interesting SUPPORTING character and not a main character like she was before. There is also some interesting set up with The Chameleon, he's kidnapped Peter to take his place in JJJ's administration...and it seems like he dumped Pete in a vat of acid! Gotta wait til next week to see what happens!

DEADPOOL #13: Deadpool decides that since he has more money than ever and has to lay low that it's as good a time as any to become a PIRATE! And every pirate needs a parrot...enter: BOB in a parrot suit! By the end of this issue Deadpool realizes he isn't the only pirate with eyes on the isle of the rich he's set to plunder AND he gets a navigator for his ship...a blind tourist guide!

DEADPOOL: MERC WITH A MOUTH #2: Beyond the great Jaws parody cover by Arthur Suydam this issue is showing this series is starting to find it's stride. Deadpool meets the head of his zombie counter part and is actually suprised by it. The Zombie Deadpool Head or Headpool is pretty interesting as he seems to be able to 'hear' the other voices in Deadpool's head. I'm very much looking forward to seeing where this goes!

FABLES #87: Witches, Part 1 of 5: The Great Fables Crossover is done and everyone is back in their own books. But now that the Adversary and Kevin Thorn are defeated...what damage has been done? The Adversary had the power to keep some rather nasty Fables in check. Mister Dark, the boogyman, is free and tracking down the Fables, Fabletown has been destroyed and Baba Yaga is free in The Office with a desire to get revenge...It's up to the Witches of Fables to come up with new spells to protect themselves and create a new home. Oh, and we are 13 issues away from FABLES #100!

WAR OF KINGS #6 of 6: This was a pretty lackluster series. I'm just glad it's over and I'll be taking a break from the next crossover, 2 mini series of 5 issues each that continues from this series...not really interested.

I was also able to finally get STRANGERS IN PARADISE, VOL. 5 thanks to Leonard at Nostalgia, Ink! and I added Man-Thing to my Classic Marvel Figure Collection.